Monthly Archives: March 2013

2011 Nostre Pais Blanc

Picked this up when I needed to fill up a case to get free shipping. It had a lot of glowing press and I didn’t have any other Grenache Blanc-dominant blends. So, for $15, I figured the chance of disappointment … Continue reading

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2005 Clendenen Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is gaining favor as a varietal in Virginia, but this is the first I’ve seen or tasted of a 100% PV from ┬áCalifornia. So, I’m always in favor of drinking seeming out of place or eccentric bottlings, and … Continue reading

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2011 King Family Crose Rose

You don’t see a ton of rose in Virginia. This is surprising, given the increasing popularity of dry rose stateside and the fact that a winery can get the product to market much faster than your average red. Kluge (now … Continue reading

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2008 Eagles Trace ‘Because’

This Bordeaux blend tastes like quality Napa fruit but costs just $20. It’s not a transcendent experience or anything, but again, it’s a taste of Napa–with some “dustiness” bright fruit, leather and everything, for considerably less than you might expect … Continue reading

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Virginia Wineries: Blenheim, Trump and Virginia Wine Works

Our wine touring has slowed considerably since we had a kid, but the first seriously warm day of the year encouraged us to pop the boy into the Ergo and take a swing through Southern Albemarle. We visited, Blenheim, Trump … Continue reading

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Finger Lakes Rieslings: Forge and Konstantin Frank

We drank two Finger Lakes rieslings this week. One, a 2010 semi-dry from the large and venerable Konstantin Frank, and the second a dry, 2011 from the hot newcomer Forge Cellars. Both were impressive, and sterling examples of different styles … Continue reading

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2010 Ponce Buena Pinta

This might be my favorite bottle of Spanish wine ever. And it’s $20. Not the biggest, probably not the most complex and certainly not the most crowd pleasing, it is nevertheless 100% awesome and right in the sweet spot for … Continue reading

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